Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ok, maybe the backup wasn't the problem...

Now it looks like FRED's PCI compliance scanner took him offline.

Background: Like all web based businesses that accept credit cards online, FRED is required by the credit card companies to have a security scan done periodically by an approved independent vendor. In FRED's case, that's done weekly. As it happens, they do it at noon PST monday, exactly the time FRED went offline today. There was also a coinciding huge spike in network traffic. I'd had problems with their scan being a little "enthusiastic" for FRED before, but the measures I put in place to deal with it were on the old server. So now that FRED moved, the problem came back.


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